What if I Lose My Job or I am Unable to Pay Support?

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If you lose your job, make less money than you used to, or become physically disabled and unable to earn an income, you should notify the court immediately by filing a motion Opens new window to modify your spousal or partner support order.

  • Many people who pay spousal or partner support believe that if they get behind at a time when they are legitimately unable to make a support payment, what they owe can later be reduced when an explanation is given.

  • In fact, if you wait to modify your motion, you will be unable to reduce the back payments that you owe.

NOTE: It is very important that you notify the court by filling out the proper paperwork for a modification of your support amount. To learn how to do this, click here.

If you fill out the proper paperwork for a modification, the court may temporarily or permanently reduce the amount of your future payments.

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